Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hill Country Bar-B-Que and Friends

March 23, 2011 Cottonwood Creek RV Park.
We've been doing a lot of nothing yet enjoying our friends and neighbors here in the park.  We had a short "happy hour" one night with our neighbors (door side) one evening and really enjoyed chatting with them.  Before they left to go back to work, Steve explained that he and his wife, Jo were here on vacation from north of Dallas for Spring Break and for their anniversary. Steve had done some extensive research on the best barbeque in the Hill Country.  He prepared a Google map of the best of the best in the area which he later shared with me and he gave me his personal reviews.  It was all quite interesting.  Steve provided me copies of his research before they departed last week.
Based on Steve's suggestions, we took a trip to Lockhart, Texas The Barbecue Capital of Texas.
There are four BBQ restaurants in Lockhart. The restaurants estimate that about 5,000 people visit their establishments each week. This would be roughly 250,000 people a year who eat BBQ in Lockhart.
The downtown is very rustic and interesting.  The old courthouse is still used by the county and houses the Clerk Of The Court on the first floor. We didn't visit the other floors.
We decided we would try one of Steve's suggestions and headed for Black's Barbeque.
Blacks BarbequeLocated at 215 N. Main Street is internationally known and was established in 1932. It is one of the oldest barbecue restaurants in Texas that has been continuously owned and operated by the same family. ( Black's has been recognized in various publications such as the New York Times and Texas Monthly magazine. The May, 1997 issue of Texas Monthly selected Black's BBQ as one of Texas' fifty best barbecue restaurants. During President Lyndon Johnson's term in the 1960's, the President asked Black's BBQ to provide barbecue sausage to be served on the grounds of the U.S. Capital in front of the Smithsonian Institute. With Secret Service and Department of the Agriculture personnel supervising the operations, the sausage was prepared and flown directly to Washington, D.C. for this Presidential affair
Upon entering the unassuming restaurant, you serve yourself sides in a buffet style line and then tell the grill men what cuts and quantities of brisket, ribs, pork, sausage, etc. that you want. The meat is then weighed. Everything is served on styrofoam, so it's not exactly environmentally friend, but the food was outstanding. I think the beef ribs were the best I've ever had!
We've never had real barbeque until we came to the Hill Country last year. We really enjoy it and plan to try more of Steve's suggested locations.
When we got back home we had a surprise. Our friends Dale and Betty were in the site next to us. We had first met Dale and Betty, (farmers from Nebraska), here at Cottonwood Creek RV Park last year at this time. They had paid a visit to us in Mesa, Az earlier this year but had told us they would not be going to Cottonwood Creek RV Park as they would be staying in Arizona.
Dale and Betty spent the past month near Tombstone and we had jokingly suggested via phone and Facebook that they come join us in the Hill Country.  However, they always indicated that they wouldn't be making it this year. In fact, the last word we had from them was from the day before saying they were in Las Cruces and probably headed home. So, it was a pleasant surprise to us to find them here when we got back!
So for the last few days we've been doing a lot of nothing, just sitting around with Dale and Betty, the park owners and other friendly couples solving the world's problems! And afterwards, we've had happy hour at rotating sites for the last few days.  All this talking, thinking, pondering, bloviating and visiting can be exhausting!  One evening a neighbor, "Doc" and Les smoked a pork butt and then shredded it. So we all had a pot luck and shredded pork sandwich dinner. It was fantastic! 
We've gotten little or nothing done and determined that there is nothing that we really have to do! We've really enjoyed all the company.  Yesterday Joyce, Betty and a group of the women from the park had a "girls day out" in Dripping Springs going to a cutesy little place in town for lunch.
This morning, I decided to get out and do a bike ride before all else just to make sure I got some exercise!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my.... LOL I was hungry before reading this and now I am starving... BBQ - I live for it... Great article and I am a new FAN... Found ya on HitchItch - we are on there too... Jorge and Evielynne... We have friends that where just in your neck of the woods... Too cool!!